PASTOR’S CORNER May 28, 2013
Pope Francis has declared a World Wide celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi for this Sunday. His Holy Hour will begin at 5PM in Rome which corresponds to our 11:00 am Mass. In union with the Whole Church Bishop Sullivan has instructed us to have a Eucharist Procession and Holy Hour following our last Sunday Mass. As a parish we are happy to join in this world wide celebration by having a procession around the Church grounds and then a Holy Hour following the 11am Mass. Please come back and join us as a sign and symbol of our union with the whole Catholic Church throughout the world.
History of the Feast: In 1246, Bishop Robert de Thorete of the Belgina diocese of Liège, at the suggestion of St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon (also in Belgium), convened a synod and instituted the celebration of the feast. From Liège, the celebration began to spread, and, on September 8, 1264, Pope Urban IV issued the papal bull “Transiturus,” which established the Feast of Corpus Christi as a universal feast of the Church, to be celebrated on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday.
At the request of Pope Urban IV, St. Thomas Aquinas composed the office (the official prayers of the Church) for the feast. This office is widely considered one of the most beautiful in the traditional Roman Breviary and it is the source of the famous Eucharistic hymns “Pange Lingua Gloriosi” and “Tantum Ergo Sacramentum.”a
For centuries after the celebration was extended to the universal Church, the feast was also celebrated with a eucharistic procession, in which the Sacred Host was carried throughout the town, accompanied by hymns and litanies. The faithful would venerate the Body of Christ as the procession passed by. In recent years this practice has been re-introduced as a means, not only to venerate the Lord Jesus, but also as a reminder that the gift of Holy Thursday’s Last Supper was that Jesus promised to make His Body and Blood available to all believers. He did this by the process of Transubstantion: the bread and wine retain their outword appearance but have become, in all reality, the very essence and presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Come Let Us Worship And Be Renewed!!!
Many thanks to all those who donated to the Tornado Relief Fund collection last weekend, we raised just over $4000.
My thanks are also extended to the Bridge Club. Several times each year they donate $1000 to our Building Fund, we are indeed grateful for their generosity. God Bless You!!